Feb. 11, 2014
The Big Ten Conference announced Tuesday that University of Minnesota redshirt freshman Amanda Zahui B. was named the Big Ten Women's Basketball Freshman of the Week for the fifth time this season, while also earning a spot on the Big Ten Player of the Week Honor Roll. The center from Stockholm, Sweden, tallied her league-leading 11th double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds in the Gophers' win over Illinois Sunday.
Her five Big Ten Freshman of the Week selections are the most in the league this season and tie teammate Rachel Banham for the third-most selections since the Big Ten started honoring rookies in 2009-10. Penn State's Maggie Lucas holds the record with eight selections in 2010-11.
Along with her double-double, Zahui posted a .563 (9-16) shooting percentage, matched her career-high with three steals and notched three blocks against the Fighting Illini to break the Minnesota single-season record with 68 blocks on the year. The single-season blocks record was previously held by Janel McCarville, who totaled 65 blocks during the 2003-04 season.
The rookie also scored the final eight points of the game to lead a 17-5 run for the Gophers after trailing by seven points. Zahui added three defensive rebounds and one steal during the run.
Zahui leads the Big Ten in rebounding (10.8) and double-doubles (11), while ranking second in blocked shots (3.0), offensive rebounds (3.2) and defensive rebounds (7.6). She ranks fourth in field goal percentage (.546) and 10th in scoring (15.0). Nationally, Zahui ranks 14th in blocks, 19th in rebounds, 31st in double-doubles and 37th in field goal percentage.
The rookie has scored in double-figures 15 times over the course of the year, while also pulling down double-digit rebounds 15 times. In addition, Zahui posted the fourth triple-double in program history on Nov. 20 in the win over Kansas with 11 points, 11 rebounds and a program-record 10 blocks.
Along with her five freshman of the week honors, Zahui has also been named the Big Ten Player of the Week three times this season.
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